The omissions of Mesut Ozil, David de Gea and Alexis Sanchez dominated Twitter after the 30-man nomination list for the Ballon d’Or were announced.
Paul Pogba & Jamie Vardy made the #BallondOr2016 shortlist.
Mesut Özil didn't.
The biggest joke ever. pic.twitter.com/OroP6fSePD
— Özil Nation (@OzilNation) October 24, 2016
"Why is Dimitri Payet on the Ballon d'Or shortlist over Mesut Ozil and Philippe Coutinho?"
In 2016 for Club & Country. pic.twitter.com/DviDqIvbcl
— Uber West Ham (@UberWestHam) October 24, 2016
Ozil has had a better season than all of these players. Kevin de Bruyne, Hugo Lloris, Dimitri Payet, Rui Patricio, Arturo Vidal, Koke.
— Jordi|S (@jordismithlive) October 25, 2016
Thought the Balon D'Or was an individual award. Portugal keeper Rui Patricio shortlisted. There's no way he's been better then De Gea! #MUFC
— Everything Man Utd (@everything_utd) October 24, 2016
Alexis Sanchez won the Copa America, Copa America Player of the Tournament and was involved in 31 goals.
No Ballon d'Or nomination. ? pic.twitter.com/EY1Tt4kvkL
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 24, 2016
Nothing new but the ballon d'or list is once again a joke. Alexis Sanchez deserved to make the list much more than some who did.
— sinistro¹⁰ (@R9acm) October 25, 2016
Jamie Vardy was a popular pick, the first English player to make the list since 2012.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) October 24, 2016
I was alive whilst Jamie vardy was nominated for a Ballon dor
— Sam (@IwobiFlick) October 24, 2016
Jamie Vardy should take this year's Ballon d'Or honestly?
— Frank Medina (@Fm_11Barca) October 25, 2016
While Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon was picked out for his age.
At 38yrs old, Gianluigi Buffon becomes the oldest player EVER to be nominated for the Ballon d'Or. GOAT. pic.twitter.com/lnXvdKpTwZ
— Patrick Gullaci (@pgullaci) October 25, 2016
Real Madrid were well represented.
Nuestros candidatos al Balón de Oro 2016:
— Real Madrid C. F. (@realmadrid) October 24, 2016
Still, FIFA can’t seem to shake its image.
Ballon D'Or rankings if FIFA wasn't corrupt:
1. Luis Suarez
2. Lionel Messi
3. Antoinne Griezmann
4. Robert Lewandowski
5. Riyad Mahrez
— Reggie (@CuleRunnings) October 24, 2016
Sergio Ramos got nominated and Piqué not being nominated is utter disgraceful. It's official, football is a broken sport.
— El Ilusionista (@BusquetsLegacy) October 24, 2016
Riyad Mahrez and Dimitri Payet were happy, though.
— Riyad Mahrez (@Mahrez22) October 24, 2016
An honor and a great pride to be a member of this list of 30 players nominated for the "ballon d… https://t.co/nLuJy4JwwG
— Dimitri Payet (@dimpayet17) October 24, 2016
At the end of it all, some just can’t get past Cristiano Ronaldo.
Champions League + European Championship ?
— Ravin Sampat (@_Sampat) October 24, 2016